23 January 2014


Tuba Skinny added to their repertoire a piece written in 1926 by Fred Rose and first made famous that year by the King Oliver Band. It is called Deep Henderson.

They must have worked hard getting this tune into their heads. It is a tricky, complicated piece, including a key change (going from F into Db for the Trio, unlike the original piano sheet music). It has several sections and many moments where the clarinet or the cornet have one-bar breaks or where a beat or two are completely silent. It is also very rhythmic and the overall effect can be, I think, terrifically exciting.

There are now several videos on YouTube of Tuba Skinny playing this tune. May I recommend that you seek them out?